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"Tenken: Japanese Mythology, Manga-Style"

Plenty of classical myths and legends have gotten a modern reinterpretation, filtered to suit the tastes of present-day audiences. Tenken is the latest such offering from this genre. Based on the Japanese myth of Susano and Yamata-no-Orochi, which is handily summarized in text form at the beginning of the book, Tenken, from new publisher One […]

"Ayako": Osamu Tezuka Plumbs the Depths of Familial Depravity

Ayako is a graphic novel that is defined by acts of betrayal and moral degeneracy, with one of its major inciting incidents being an act that is spiritually if not literally incestuous. By the time this massive tome by master mangaka Osamu Tezuka is finished, even that taboo has been broken, along with all 10 […]

"Sekirei": Depth? In MY Cheesecake?

Sekirei left me puzzling over a question that I, as a critic, never thought I’d ask myself: How many naked, anatomically impossible cartoon women does a show have to throw at me before I stop taking it seriously? And the answer, as near as I can tell, is “More than six.” Sekirei is, shamelessly, a […]

"Eden of the East: The King of Eden": Nobody Ever Said Ruling Was Easy

When I first found out that Eden of the East would be finished in two movies, The King of Eden and Paradise Lost, I was a bit apprehensive. The series itself was so dense with material that it seemed as though two movies would never be enough to really flesh out all of the key […]

"Fanboy & Chum Chum": Better Than "Planet Sheen"

I sat down to watch this new release of Nickelodeons show Fanboy & Chum Chum with a fair amount of trepidation. I’ve never seen a DVD with a more off-putting cover: The ugly main characters shoved at our faces at an angle, mouths agape in a horrible facsimile of genuine cartoony zaniness, and holding homogenous […]

"The Story of Saiunkoku" Season One: The Neverending Story

Buried deep in the annals of ancient China is the kingdom of Saiunkoku, a land ravaged by years of war and civil unrest, hungering for a competent new king. Unfortunately, the next in line to the kingship is a spoiled teenager with no real sense of how to lead, and who is caught up in […]

"Tangled": The Movie Doesn't Disappoint, But the Blu-ray Does

Let’s see. We’ve got three mildly amusing deleted scenes with the directors explaining why they were cut. While not fascinating, it does explain why there’s a fortunetelling monkey in the end credits. The disc also includes two alternate openings that would’ve used the traditional storybook framing device like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty did. I […]

"Black Butler" Part Two: One Hell of an Ending

Part One of Black Butler ended on a high note, with Ciel and Sebastian managing to save young Lady Elizabeth from a creepy doll maker. It had a level of action, suspense and intensity that you would expect from any exciting show, and revealed that the innocent Angela wasn’t quite who she seemed. Part Two, […]

"Initial D Second Stage" Hits the Brakes, Not the Gas Pedal

Initial D: Second Stage comadsflkj efawioag nnnb Sorry. Dozed off there for a moment. Let’s make this quick before I pass out again. Initial D: Second Stage may collect the best and most interesting batch of episodes in this intensely soporific series, but don’t mistake “best” for “good” or “interesting” for “attention-holding”; this second season […]

"The Sacred Blacksmith": Forging a Sharp Series

In an age of swords and sorcery, a young girl has taken up her father’s blade to defend the town that she loves. When that blade is shattered, she must forge a team with a new one. Her newest partner is a Demon Sword, a wind-enhanced slicer that can turn into a human ally. Wanting […]

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